Despite construction on the school campus this summer, Weston’s traditional Fourth of July celebration will go on as usual.
The town’s Family 4th Celebration — including food, music, and almost an hour of fireworks — will take place on the field behind the middle school.
Weston has always done its fireworks and 4th of July celebration on July 4, regardless on what day of the week the holiday falls, and this year will be no different.
The holiday means a windows and doors construction project at the middle school — work began this week — and a wetlands reclamation project behind the school will be suspended on Wednesday, July 4.
A Thursday, July 5, rain date is scheduled for food and fireworks only.
The holiday will also change The Weston Forum’s production schedule; the paper will be put together on Tuesday, July 3, so that The Forum’s offices can close on Wednesday. Even though the paper will still be delivered on Thursday, July 5, coverage of Weston’s Fourth of July activities will be in the July 12 issue.
Westonites are encouraged to send pictures of the festivities — especially pictures of people — by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Send large file sizes (no cell phone pictures, please) and include IDs of everyone in the pictures.
Dave Ungar, Weston’s director of Parks and Recreation, said Weston’s fireworks display and other 4th of July activities normally draw anywhere from 3,000 to 3,500 people.
“It’s a great tradition and always a lot of fun,” he said.
Gates open at the Weston Middle School field at 4:30. Admission is $5/person for ages five and older; children four and under are admitted free.
Admission is collected as people enter the school campus to park. Parking is available in all the School Road parking lots.
The entrance at the Lords Highway end of School Road is closed at 7 p.m. Mr. Ungar encourages people to plan to arrive early to avoid the inevitable rush later in the evening.
Traffic is busiest after 8.
No dogs are allowed on the school campus. Mr. Ungar pointed out that most pets don’t like the loud noises of fireworks anyway.
Residents are encouraged to bring a blanket or low chairs. Seating is not allowed on the artificial turf fields.
Barbecue items will be available for purchase from Leo Spinelli from 5 to 9. People may bring their own food, too, but grills of any kind are not allowed.
Entertainment during the evening includes an hour-long performance by magician the Magic Genie (Nissan Eventoff), starting at 6:15, and music by perennial favorites the Westport Community Band (6:15-7:15) and the Straight Note Chasers Band, which is scheduled to perform right before and right after the fireworks (7:30-9:20 and 10-11).
And, of course, there will be fireworks. The display begins at dusk — about 9:20 — and usually lasts about 45 minutes.
Fairfield County Bank is helping to offset the cost of the fireworks, which are set up and monitored by a professional pyrotechnics company on Revson Field, north of the middle school.